Recipe Redux: savory spring onion, gruyere and bacon muffins

by Robin on April 21, 2012

in recipes, registered dietitian

It’s rare that I capture a photo that is share, print or show worthy. Let’s make no bones about it-a photographer I am not. But, in order to become part of  Recipe Redux, one must share the fruits of their labor with a decent photo of their finished work. I’ll be honest, I’ve been a member of the Redux for several months, but haven’t had the confidence to share any photos. This month, I bit the bullet and sat in on a fantastic food photography 101 seminar led by Recipe Redux and Healthy Aperture co-founder Regan Miller Jones from the Professional Palate. While it’s hard to believe based on these photos to your right,  I learned more in those 50 minutes about photography than I had the past 42 years of my life.

Her basic advice for extreme novices like me:

1. Natural light

2. Not too close

3. Steady camera

Here’s my first attempt. I promise they will get better.

 

On to what I know works well–the recipe!

Savory Spring Onion, Gryuere and Bacon Muffins

Makes 6 large or 12 mini muffins

1/2 red onion, diced finely

1/2 Texas 1015 or Vidalia onion, diced finely

1 green onion, diced finely (green and white parts)

1/3 cup breadcrumbs (if using Panko, use 1/4 cup)

1/4 cup shredded gruyere cheese

1 egg

2 slices crisp bacon, chopped

1/2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

 

1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. Spray a mini muffin tin or regular sized muffin tin (depending on your quantity) with non-stick spray and set aside.

3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to incorporate.

4. Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, fill the muffin tin cups to the top. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the top is browned and the mixture is set. Remove from pan and serve hot or at room temperature.

 ** Many thanks to my fantastic intern, Laura Bartee  for her help with this project!

 



{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

ea-the spicy rd April 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

These muffins sound amazing and I’m so glad you “bit the bullet” and shared your recipe and photo! I’m sure you got some fabulous tips from Regan too-she takes amazing photographs. Can’t wait to try making a gluten-free version of these muffins!

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Nina @ What's for eats? April 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Robin, I am in the same boat as you when it comes to food photography- I just can’t seem to get the beautiful results that I see on other blogs. I think yours has turned out nicely- the matte surface of the wood you have used helps too! Anyway, more importantly, your muffins look mouthwateringly good!

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Emma Stirling April 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Robin good on you for forging ahead with photography, I’m saving for a digital SLR camera and find instagram snaps ok for now. But I too have major food photo envy. These muffins look just what my Miss 9 has been needing in her packed school lunch. Will let you know!

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Mary@BrightonYourHealth April 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

These look great…and your pictures great too! We love bacon, and the combo of onions and cheese with bacon, my mouth is watering! Will try these.

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Danielle Omar - Food Confidence RD April 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

Welcome (back) to the recipe redux, Robin! Great first entry. How did I miss Regan’s photography seminar? Was it in person or virtual? Was it recorded?

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Robin April 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Thank you all for your amazing support! What an amazing community to be a part of!!

Please let me know how you experience the recipe if you make it-I’ll be happy to hear all of your changes and suggestions.

Danielle-Regan’s seminar was at the Texas Dietetic Association’s Annual Meeting last weekend. She should be at every single association meeting AND ADA to teach us all how to do it better!

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Alysa (InspiredRD) April 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Great job Robin! The only way to get better at photography is to practice. Take a look at some of the early photos on my blog and you will see that I used to be a pretty sad photographer. I still have to take 30-40 pics to get one or two good ones!

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Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer April 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Love the combinatoin of bacon, gruyere cheese and sweet onions. Your muffins sound wonderful. Can’t wait to try them.

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Regan @ The Professional Palate April 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

I’m dying to make these. You may not fancy yourself a photographer, but you’re a d@mn good recipe developer and these sound delish!

(And take it from me… photography can be learned. You’re already off to a good start!!)

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